BY NISA SYED
International Women’s Day praises women for their hard work and reminisces the achievements of important female figures throughout history. Since the 19th century, women such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cody Stanton have fought for women’s suffrage through the organization of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association. It was the women’s suffrage movement that prompted the Temperance Era to ban alcohol consumption in the 1830s and most importantly, the abolition of slavery.
In fact, women have played a dominant role in the formation of world history that students currently read in their history textbooks. To name a few: Joan of Arc, who led the French Army against the British in New Orleans. During Elizabeth I reign, she oversaw British victory against the Spanish Armada. Sojourner Truth was an African American who fought for equal rights for African Americans and females. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a novel which influenced many Americans to join forces to abolish slavery. Marie Curie discovered radium and polonium, help develop the x-ray machine, and was the first woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize in radioactivity and chemistry. And we are fortunate to have notable women among us, such as Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai, JK Rowling and Oprah Winfrey, to name a few.
International Women’s Day only brings recognition to how much women are valued each day because women should be valued everyday for their hard work at home and work. The stereotype that women are solely homemakers is an idea that women have refuted since the 20th century, but it’s clear in the present day that we are making progress to close the gender gap. Issues such as the The #MeToo Movement and unequal pay, force women to question this progress, but the reality is that obstacles are inevitable and the women of this generation will have to carry on the fight, like the women before them.